Okeh Laughing Record
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- 1923-00-00 00:00:00
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|Okeh Laughing Record (1923)|
- 2004-02-20 15:26:17
Subject: Radio story on the laughing record
Subject: The Okeh Laughing Record was made into a Walter Lantz cartoon in the 1950s
Subject: Okeh Laughing Record
Subject: performers on Okeh laughing record
I don't have this on the original 78 rpm Okeh disk, but on another 78: Cardinal 540 (a subsidiary of Gennett records, where it was also issued on Gnt 4994 (recorded mid November, 1922, mx-nr. 8096 a). The performers are: Al. H. Weston & Irene Young. The recording is virtually identical to the one on Okeh, exept that the cornet is replaced by a soprano saxophone (plays even more outrageous wrong notes!).
Looking up an Okeh listing, I found this recording bears mx-nr. 70986 a , rec. Nov. 4th, 1922, so just days before the Gennett/Cardinal version. In the Ok listing, performers are not given for Ok 4678, but on aural grounds I'm absolutely positive that these are the same performers as on my Cardinal 540, namely Al. H. Weston & Irene Young.
It seems to me that "Laughing records" were quite popular at this time !
Subject: Jones Fantastic Museum - Seattle
Walt Jones Fantastic Museum in the Seattle Center Food Circus in the 70's had this recording playing out in front of his museum where there were many pictures of old sideshow human oddities displayed.
The man and woman laughing accompanied a recording of a sideshow barker (Jones) enticing patrons to enter.
I got to know Walt Jones and did get to see the old record he used which was labeled "man and woman laughing". Unfortunately I don't recall more details of the record I saw however it's unmistakably the exact same recording as I have an old cassette recording of his to compare.
The eclectic nature of my first exposure to this recording gave it an indelible association with the weird and strange that I still find haunting to this day.
Walt also had a laughing woman inside that gave out great belly laughs when you stood on the trigger mat in front of her wood and glass enclosure. She sat on a box inside and rocked back and forth with arms and legs swinging wildly - the recording was different however I donÂt know the origins. IÂve herd rumors that the Jones laughing woman came from the old San Francisco Fun House however a recent internet search proved that she was not as the real San Francisco laughing woman was recently restored - a brief video clip can be seen online and the laughing is different.
Anyone know any more details about this recording?
Who were the performers and what was the inspiration to make this?
Subject: brings back
Subject: Never thought to hear this again
Subject: Okay.. but why?
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